ORRsome blog posts from the week that was Week 16


ORRsome blog posts hitting timelines this week.

Stephen Tierney to plan or not to plan

Daniel Eswards – top ten APPs Established in schools

Tom Sherrington – pitch it up

ICT Evangelist – 6 myths of tech

Phil Jackman

Teacher Toolkit – silly season

Chris Waterworth – flipped classroom

David Fawcett – some must reads for teachers

It’s Monday! Be you and no one else


It’s Monday. Be you. No one else. ORRiginal.


Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.–Sydney Smith

Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, whatever misfortune you may have suffered, the music of your life has not gone. It’s inside you–if you listen to it, you can play it.–Nido Qubein


When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.–Lao Tzu

When I’m trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously.–Shakti Gawain


When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest–Eric Hoffer (The Passionate State of Mind)

When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you’ll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of.–Richard Carlson (Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff)


When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.–Albert Einstein

When you take charge of your life, there is no longer need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life.–Geoffrey F. Abert


Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.–Mark Twain

Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.–Friedrich Nietzsche

Why be afraid of what people will say? Those who care about you will say, “Good luck!” and those who care only about themselves will never say anything worth listening to anyway.–J. Z. Knight


A week in my shoes 21st-25th April 2014


It’s Friday!

Oh, what a week!

Although for many it has only been a four day week, I feel as though it has been longer at times and then moved on swiftly at others.


Seemed very different having Easter Sunday at the end of the break. Although, for some it will have fallen in the middle.

Had the privilege of starting the Easter service in my church by singing ‘How beautiful are the feet’ from Handel’s Messiah.


Bank holiday spent with family is always a must for me.


I love the first day back. The children are always eager to share what they’ve been up to.


ORRsome day as these arrived! Brought the house down at school with the kids!


Spotted this on Twitter too and it really made me smile.



Blakes teachmeet – this has to be my favourite teachmeet of all. The venue, the atmosphere and the company are ORRsome. List of great people to follow and for networking.

Several people and organisations have sponsored the teachmeet over time. Bev Evans always thought very highly of our Blakes teachmeet and we of her.

Sadly, Bev lost her battle to cancer in March. She is sorely missed but will never be fORRgotten.

Here’s my tribute to her.


And once again, it’s Friday!

Weekend plans? Off to the opera, family visiting from Manchester and some singing thrown in.

Have an ORRsome weekend.